Margaret Mitchell's Year at Smith, Today at 4:30 pm

Why did the Gone with the Wind author choose Smith? Find out in this lively discussion with Carol Christ and Susan Van Dyne.

Margaret Mitchell ’22

Thursday, October 25, 2012
4:30 pm Discussion: Margaret Mitchell's Year at Smith
Neilson Library Browsing Room

Presented by the Friends of the Libraries and the College Archives.

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Margaret Mitchell Marsh (1900-1949) published just one novel during her lifetime, Gone with the Wind.  For it she won the National Book Award in1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937.

Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia where she lived for most of her life. She attended the Washington Seminary in Atlanta and entered Smith in 1918. Her time at Smith was marked by personal tragedy: her fiancé died in France a few weeks after she arrived and a few months later her mother succumbed to the Spanish Flu. Following her freshman year, she dropped her studies and returned to Atlanta to keep house for her father. In 1922, she began to work as a reporter and columnist for The Atlanta Journal and she married John Marsh, publicity director for Georgia Railway and Power Company, when she was 25.

Mitchell began work on Gone with the Wind in 1926 while she was recovering from a leg injury. It was 12 years before it was published by Macmillan. For more on Mitchell’s life see The New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Gone With the Wind movie posterThe film adaptation of Gone with the Wind was released in1939. Starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, it was produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming from a screenplay by Sidney Howard. It won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hattie McDaniel), and Best Director.

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"If you haven't read Gone with the Wind or if it has been decades as it had been for me, it is worth the investment of time. And if you think you know this book because you saw Clark Gable, don't kid yourself. As great as he was, there is no substitute for the original uncut edition as it flowed from the author's pen." -Jenny Frost ‘78, Senior Vice-President, Scholastic

Margaret Mithchell at Smith
Margaret Michell '22, third from left



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